Kayaks and Paddle Boards
Getting on the water is a great way to enjoy the beauty of Whidbey Island and our beach is a great location for launching your kayak or paddle board. If you don’t have your own watercraft to bring with you, you can rent kayaks and paddleboards from Whidbey Island Kayaking (see below).
When you kayak on Holmes Harbor always play it safe and have a plan. Our beach is a tidal beach so always check the tide charts to time your launch and return. Tidal sands feel like quick sand and are impossible to carry a kayak through. Always play it safe with currents and winds; the water is cold and hypothermia is a risk if you fall in.
Take a moment to check out the Top 5 Kayak Safety Rules below.
Whidbey Island Kayaking Company
Located in nearby Langley, featuring rentals, tours, and classes. They have short, half day, nighttime, and birdwatching themed tours. They will also deliver kayaks, tandem kayaks and paddle boards to A Home On The Harbor for a small fee. You can rent for a single day or multiple.
It is recommended to call ahead and make reservations. For inexperienced or young kayakers they have a monitored paddle area located in nearby Langley that you can kayak in for an hour or so. This would be a great introduction to kayaking!
Give them a call to find out what is best for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org / 360 221-0229
Boat Tours and Whale Watching from Anacortes
Based from Anacortes, WA, Captain Brett is a U.S. Coast Guard certified captain and would like to share this exciting and picturesque setting with you, while exploring the shores and waters of the surrounding area. Take a unique ride on a seated open deck boat and enjoy a 360° unobstructed view as you pass through the waters of Deception Pass on a one hour tour. Look for wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, porpoises and maybe an occasional whale. Learn the tales of characters who navigated these waters and the splendor of this National Historic Landmark. Charters and whale watching tours, too. Children welcome.
Schooner Suva from Coupeville
Enjoy a sail back in time on a 90 year-old schooner named SUVA.
Experience a leisurely 2-2.5 hour cruise in beautiful Penn Cove, or an all-day charter in nearby waters aboard historic Schooner Suva! Through the efforts of the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation, SUVA has been brought home to Penn Cove to serve as Whidbey’s flagship. Enjoy a tour or a sail, or book a private event. Sails mid-May through early October from the dock at Coupeville Wharf.
Boat Tours and Whale Watching From Langley and Port Townsend
All aboard for a whale watching tour!
Puget Sound Express is a family-run tour operation with four beautiful boats in their fleet. Book your tour for the opportunity of a lifetime to see our local whale pods in action.
For a limited time in March and April, gray whale watching tours depart from nearby Langley. Make sure to check their website for the most up to date information on these tours.
Throughout the rest of the year, a four-hour whale watching cruise departs Port Townsend. You can see humpbacks, orcas and minkes. They head out towards the San Juan Islands, or to wherever the whales are, on their tour boat, Red Head. A comfortable and fast, 40-seat tour boat. Tours require a minimum of 15 passengers for departure.
You will need to take the Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry to get to Port Townsend. If you are bringing a car, reservations are recommended. This is wonderful day trip from Whidbey Island!
This tour company also hosts bird watching tours and can do custom tours if you are so inclined.